The 2009 I3 Conference for Teachers of Mathematics and Science
(I3 = Intensive Immersion Institutes)

The Intensive Immersion Institute (I3) Courses are offered by a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership (Lowell, EduTron, M.I.T., and FSC). This MMSP Project is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The science courses are partially supported by a Massachusetts Department of Higher Education grant.

List of Presentations

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List of Presentations

 

Keynote

Can He Say That In Public?

Concord

 

All

4:00-4:45

 

Andrew Chen, EduTron, Winchester

Oral

 

 

Presider 

 

 

Jean Franco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

The name of the game is Intensive Immersion; the topics are mathematics and science. This Short Asian will reflect on his three-year experience dealing with a large number of characters in Lowell Public Schools. So many anecdotes, so little time. Please come to protect him from getting sued.

 

Session _X1

Integrating Category 4 Strategies in the High School Biology Classroom

Concord

 

9

3:30– 4:00

 

Christina DiBenedetto, Lawrence High Learning Center, Lawrence

Oral

 

 

Presider  

 

 

Paula Sweeney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Writing can be a powerful tool to help build ELL students' capacities to understand Biology concepts. This brief presentation will offer ideas on how to use Double Entry Journals, Learning Logs and Quick Writes to facilitate comprehension in a Sheltered Immersion classroom. A sampling of student work and rubrics will also be shared.

 

Session _X2

That's Algebra?

Concord

 

k-12

4:45 – 5:30

 

Jeff Gwiazda, Curriculum Office, Lowell

Oral

 

 

 

 

 

Edith LaBran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

This presentation will look at how algebraic concepts and procedures are currently being developed in grades K-8 using the Investigations in Number, Data and Space (K-5) and Connected Mathematics Project (6-8) curricular materials in Lowell. This "new" approach to teaching algebraic concepts will be compared to the more traditional approach of teaching Algebra I as a set of symbolic rules and procedures. The difference between, as well as the significance of both approaches will be discussed.

 

Session _X3

Comprehension Strategies in a Standards-Based Mathematics Classroom

Belvidere

 

K-8

5:30 – 6:15

 

Magaly Ronan, District, Lowell

Oral

 

Rachel Michaud, Murkland, Lowell

 

 

 

Sandy Dunning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Are you in search of strategies for supporting students in making meaning throughout the curriculum?  The use of reading comprehension strategies such as visualization and making inferences will promote student achievement when solving contextual math problems.  Rich contexts help the transfer of new ideas into long-term memory.  Join us for a brief presentation, some hands-on activities, and some take-to-school goodies!

 

Session _Y1

 

Belvidere

 

 

3:30– 4:00

 

Ann Sheehy, ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen O’Connor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

 

 

Session _Y2

Use Simple Activities to Teach fundamental Human Biology Concepts

Belvidere

 

5 and 8

4:45 – 5:30

 

Ann Carpenter, Rogers Middle School, Lowell

Oral

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Cohn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Overcome the impediments (planning time, expense, classroom control, and even fear itself!) to using hands-on activities in science class! Simple activities requiring easily available materials provide learning opportunities that impart understanding of fundamental science concepts.  They also build background knowledge for future learning.

Use hands-on activities to achieve multiple goals:

•Gain experience using the scientific method

•Develop and integrate STEM and communication skills

•Teach science content standards for 7th grade

•Increase student participation and initiative in learning

•Build a lasting and working understanding of fundamental science concepts.

The 7th grade Human Biology content is used as an example, including:

• The concept of homeostasis

• The circulatory and respiratory systems

• How they work together

 

 

Session _Y3

The Daily Vote: A Standards-Filled Daily Routine

Middlesex

 

1-4

5:30 – 6:15

 

Jessica Weintraub, McAuliffe, Lowell

Oral

 

Martha Shelton, McAuliffe, Lowell

 

 

Ellen McHugh, McAuliffe, Lowell

Kevin Andriolo

 

Carl Bowden, McAuliffe, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

We will demonstrate the Daily Vote, a standards-rich daily math routine that students love.  This routine can be differentiated for students from first through fourth grade. The best part is that every student, regardless of academic needs, is able to participate, take ownership of the learning, and feel successful.  Incorporates concepts such as odd/even, greater, less than, and equal to, factoring, GCF, prime and composite numbers, doubles, arrays, halves, number sentences, and algebra.  Not to be missed!

 

Session _Z1

Exploring Statistics With Fathom

Middlesex

 

6-12

3:30– 4:00

 

Andy Katz, Humanities & Leadership HS, Lawrence

Oral

 

Harish Chamarthi, Boston University Graduate School,

 

 

 

Patti Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Data and technology have altered how we live and what students need to learn. Data analysis is an integral component of high school mathematics. Fathom™ Dynamic Data integrates data analysis and effective technology use into engaging statistical explorations.

 

 

Session _Z2

How to Present Science to Elementary school Students; innovations, hands-on & d. I.

Middlesex

 

3-6

4:45 – 5:30

 

Lornie Bullerwell, Pearson publishing, Scott Foresman

Oral

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Maher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

This presentation will attempt to show teachers how Science can be presented in their classes via hands-on activities, differentiated instruction modalities and teacher demos. It will showcase using leveled readers, some technology and visual learning approaches.

 

Session _Z3

Mathematics Learning Community' and 'Problem Solving First'

Concord

 

3-8

5:30 – 6:15

 

Kathy Lizotte, Gardner Middle School, Gardner

Oral

 

Niel Albero, Gardner Middle School, Gardner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

This two-part presentation will discuss adult learning as well as student learning. We will describe the challenges and successes of providing courses for peer teachers. The mathematics learning community thus formed leads to very desirable district culture and working environment. Then we will describe our experience using problem solving as a way to assess students' prior knowledge and relating the students' responses to scaffold the teaching of new skills.  Through problem solving, teachers' can give the students the forum to discuss mathematical concepts and operations and see how their thinking links to new information.

 

Session A01

Accountable Talk

 

 

1-8

3:30-6:15

 

Angela Bergeron, Sullivan, Lowell

poster

 

Cathy Clough, Sullivan, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Using accountable talk in the math classroom is an effective method of teaching.  Students are able to share ideas, discuss with partners (or small groups), and gain a greater understanding of mathematical concepts, all while creating a caring and helpful classroom environment.

 

Session A02

Inquiry-based Marble Maze Project

 

 

4-6

3:30-6:15

 

Marsha Downey, Daley Middle, Lowell

poster

 

Jolaine Muldoon, Daley Middle, Lowell

 

 

Susan Wallace, Daley Middle, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Inquiry-based Marble Maze Project. Students use the engineering design process to design, build, and test a marble maze out of recyclable materials.  The project’s goal is to create a track that allows a marble to roll from start to finish in 12.0 seconds.  Students discover how forces and motion affect the time of their marble run.

 

 

Session A03

My Vedic Math Journey

 

 

5-8

3:30-6:15

 

Terry Troutt, Daley Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Vedic Math is as old as our base ten number system.  Yet, I'd never even heard of it till I stumbled across it a little over a year ago.  A whole new universe has opened before me.  I'm fascinated by what I'm learning and would love to share the highlights with you.

 

Session A04

Now You See It.....Now You Don't      Refraction of Light

 

 

5-12

3:30-6:15

 

Martha Cohn, Wang Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

Esteban Dominguez, Lowell High School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Using simple materials show examples of the refraction of light.  When the refraction index is the same it appears to disappear.  Take this from a simple demonstration to the mathematical comparisons of indices.

 

Session A05

Addition Continuum and Strategies in Grades K-4

 

 

K-4

3:30-6:15

 

Julie Fairweather, P.W. Reilly Elementary, Lowell

poster

 

Margaret Shepherd, P.W. Reilly Elementary, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

We will present a continuum of addition strategies appropriate for grades K-4. Our presentation will help educators "locate" where their students currently are in terms of their problem solving abilities and it will also help teachers determine where to bring their students next.

 

 

Session A06

Routes Of Nine Sums

 

 

3-6

3:30-6:15

 

Lois McLaughlin, Molloy, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

I would like to share my antique seventh grade math project with you. I have discovered many different routes to take that will add up to nine.  There are short routes and long routes to take but they all end with the same result.

 

Session A07

How Does DNA "Speak" to My Cells?

 

 

7-12

3:30-6:15

 

Malinda Pires, Lowell High School, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

How does DNA carry the instructions for everything happening in our bodies and in the bodies of all organisms?  In order to truly understand the answer to this question we need to first look at the structure of DNA to see how it stores the genetic information.  This poster will demonstrate ideas on how to teach Massachusetts State standard 3.1 and part of standard 3.2.  It includes a project for students to create their own model of DNA.  There is also a description for a short activity to help students understand how the sequence of bases in the DNA molecule directs the formation of proteins during gene expression.

 

Session A08

Meeting of the Mathematical Minds:  A McAvinnue Math Study Group

 

 

K-4

3:30-6:15

 

Shelly Marks, J. A. McAvinnue, Lowell

poster

 

Sheila McCabe, J. A. McAvinnue, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Come and conquer your math fears in a non-threatening environment.  In this presentation, we will walk through how we have designed and implemented a math study group for adult learners at the J. A. McAvinnue School.  Adult learners will be able to apply the knowledge learned and strategies used to the classroom.

 

Session A09

Discovering the Algebra/Geometry Connection in the Diagonals of Any Polygon

 

 

8-9

3:30-6:15

 

Michael Moretti, E. N. Rogers, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

What is the connection between the number patterns of diagonals drawn inside any polygon and Pascal's Triangle, combinations and permutations, and linear, quadratic, cubic, and quartic equations? Use area models, Unifix cubes, graphing, and a little Algebra to discover the rules for the number of intersections, regions, and line segments to be found in any polygon. This Algebra unit brings together a wide array of related math topics that will challenge your students and encourage a spirit of playfulness and invention.

 

 

Session A10

Cooperative Learning Centers... with  a Twist!!

 

 

6

3:30-6:15

 

Amila Colon, Dr. An Wang Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

Reg Aubry, Dr.An Wang Middle School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Cooperative Learning Centers can be FUN!!!  Students have 5 minutes at each station to solve a problem.  The problems involve the use of FRACTION OPERATIONS to solve REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS.   This activity requires a conceptual understanding of fraction operations  (not just the algorithm) and also provides the opportunity for students to be engaged in  ACCOUNTABLE TALK.

 

Session A11

Attributes - Traits - Characteristics - Features

 

 

K-4

3:30-6:15

 

Paul Katler, Greenhalge, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

How are living things alike and different.

 

Session A12

Safety Net: Catch a Falling Mathematician

 

 

1-2

3:30-6:15

 

Kara Burns, Washington Elementary School, Lowell

poster

 

Rebecca Hyde, Washington Elementary School, Lowell

 

 

Susan Otero, Washington Elementary School, Lowell

 

 

Nancy Weber, Washington Elementary School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Time and money, can you ever have enough of either?  Well, students need lots of practice and opportunities to explore both and become proficient.  Safety Net: Catch a Falling Mathematician offers a model differentiated instruction intervention/extension opportunity to three levels of math learners using game playing, problem solving, cooperative learning, and further practice through traditional and novel modalities. By offering differentiated activities, teachers can boost the learning of their emerging students, deepen the understanding and fluency of their nearly proficient learners and extend the inquiry of students ready for a challenge. Spend some time and cash in on this presentation!

 

Session A13

Content Coaching with an ESL Lens

 

 

Pre-K-4

3:30-6:15

 

Ana Vasconcelos, McAvinnue, Lowell

poster

 

Sue Carmona, McAvinnue, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

English Language Learners at various proficiency levels are in every classroom.  Teachers are expected to insure that all students meet grade level standards and are able to access the content.  Hence, staff need support, guidance, and assistance in delivering instruction that meets the language needs of their students, is standards based, rigorous, and purposeful.  One-to-one coaching and lesson studies with an emphasis in using ESL strategies are the foci of this model.  This collaborative coaching model will provide teachers with a forum that is certain to improve the instruction of mathematics, motivate and resurface teachers' enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

 

Session A14

Pi

 

 

5-6

3:30-6:15

 

Sherrin Trombly, Laura Lee, Lowell

poster

 

Olga Armas, Bartlett, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Does Pi have you going in circles? Don't go off on a tangent...come to my presentation and we'll discuss the diameter of the problem and how to get around it.

 

 

Session A15

Math Jeopardy

 

 

3

3:30-6:15

 

Olga Armas, Bartlett, Lowell

poster

 

Sherrin Trombly, Laura Lee, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Using a Jeopardy set up to implement a range of challenging questions for kids. Sort them by categories starting simple and getting more difficult. Covering different terms and problems in math. From word problems to measuring.

 

Session A16

Negative Integers and Order of Operation

 

 

7-8

3:30-6:15

 

Ellen Savage, Stoklosa Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Negative integers and order of operation are two concepts that we teach but are not retained by students.  This presentation offers some suggestions about instruction and reminders about some pitfalls. The lack of mastery of these two math concepts can impede the learning of Algebra.

 

Session A17

Math Intervention

 

 

1-5

3:30-6:15

 

AnnMarie Carolan, Butler, Lowell

poster

 

Karen Themistocles, Butler, Lowell

 

 

Gerri Manolopoulos, Butler, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

We will be presenting The five A's of intervention.  This will include the following:  Alignment to Curriculum and Instruction;  Assessments which include pre and post tests for grouping students;  Activities used during intervention and in the classroom to help support instruction;  Analysis of Data and the use of technology;

 

 

Session A18

Geometric Motion Commotion

 

 

5-8

3:30-6:15

 

Becky Cox, Stoklosa, Lowell

poster

 

Mary Riddell, Robinson, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

What kind of transformations have you encountered lately?  Join the Geometry Gals and learn to handle mathematical object transformations as you flip, rotate and reflect multiple ways to transform objects using a super-sized coordinate grid.  Line reflections, point reflections, translations and rotations will leave you and your students totally transformed as you explore geometry.

 

Session A19

Scientific Inquiry: The Mystery of the Smoke-Blowing Student

 

 

6-8

3:30-6:15

 

Eilish Connaughton, Butler Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

Maryalice Foley, Butler Middle School, Lowell

 

 

Emilia Kwiatkowski, Butler Middle School, Lowell

 

 

Patricia Adams, Butler Middle School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Inspired by true events...Our presentation investigates the seemingly impossible middle school fad of creating smoke using only the human mouth. Can it really be done?  Where does the smoke come from?  How does it work?  We will explore and share the science behind the phenomenon.

 

Session A20

Differentiating Instruction to Meet Student Needs in Mathematics

 

 

3

3:30-6:15

 

Erin Abrams, McAvinnue, Lowell

poster

 

Sarah Fleming, McAvinnue, Lowell

 

 

Kaitlin Chandonnet, McAvinnue, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Have you every given a standardized test and your students are all over the board?  Now what do you do with the data?  You can start by determining where each child is at and how you can move them to the next level.  Come to our presentation to examine how our 3rd grade team works together to support each child at multiple levels.

 

Session A21

Did I Mention Intervention?!?

 

 

1-6

3:30-6:15

 

Jackie Carr, Butler, Lowell

poster

 

Karen Seibel, Butler, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Using the MCAS as a baseline, and the district benchmark math tests to identify a key power standard that the Butler grade 6 students are still struggle with mastery.  We will create a differentiated math intervention unit to support positive mastery within intervention for grade 6.

 

Session A22

Literacy Based Science Research Projects for Middle School

 

 

5-7

3:30-6:15

 

Jenny Murphy, Sullivan Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

Arlene Terrazzano, Sullivan Middle School, Lowell

 

 

Kathleen Larocque, Sullivan Middle School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Grade 7 research project challenges students to evaluate whether their assigned micro-organism is “Friend or Foe” and cite evidence for their determination. Accompanying Grade 5 project explores the mysterious dangerous world of invasive species and their affects on the environment, as well as the consequences resulting from human interventions.

 

Session A23

Math Journaling

 

 

K-4

3:30-6:15

 

Grace Basile, Pawtucketville Memorial, Lowell

poster

 

Kerry Gavin, Pawtucketville Memorial, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

We will share math journaling ideas and products from our new initiative at the Pawtucketville, undertaken in order to improve the students' ability to think more deeply and communicate their understanding of content knowledge and also to improve their ability to express their problem solving strategies clearly.

 

Session A24

Physical Science - LS 1 & 2

 

 

1-7

3:30-6:15

 

Lisa Noel, Bartlett, Lowell

poster

 

Stephanie Rennie, Morey, Lowell

 

 

Rich Deshler, Washington Elementary School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Physical science in the elementary years lays the foundation for future middle and high school years.  Since everything is made up of matter, the team decided to explore the properties of matter.  The goal was to explore the properties of mass in grades 1, 3, and 7.  Each grade level will explore activities that foster students understanding of mass/volume/density.  Please stop over and visit our elementary and middle school posters that display activities done in the classroom.  Better yet, please feel free to try some of our experiments.

 

Session A25

Physical Science - LS 1 & 2

 

 

1-7

3:30-6:15

 

Sally Davis, Bartlett, Lowell

poster

 

Stephanie Clark, Bartlett, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Physical science in the elementary years lays the foundation for future middle and high school years.  Since everything is made up of matter, the team decided to explore the properties of matter.  The goal was to explore the properties of mass in grades 1, 3, and 7.  Each grade level will explore activities that foster students understanding of mass/volume/density.  Please stop over and visit our elementary and middle school posters that display activities done in the classroom.  Better yet, please feel free to try some of our experiments.

 

Session A26

So, What Are L.E.D.'s Anyway?

 

 

7-8

3:30-6:15

 

Virginia Burke, Robinson Middle School, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

So, What are L.E.D.’s anyway?

 Students today are using more and more Light Emitting Diodes (L.E.D.), but do they really know what they are and how they differ from traditional incandescent and florescent light bulbs? Using prior knowledge about light emitting diodes and new information, students may begin to piece together new information with old, vocabulary and experience 21st century technological advances in indication and illumination lighting. This display may be a useful, interactive tool that students could use to bridge incomplete, nonexistent or erroneous prior knowledge. This information would be a good foundation to build further knowledge about electrical components.

My target audience is 7-8th grade.

 

 

Session A27

Math Fun, Games and Tricks

 

 

4-8

3:30-6:15

 

Liz Kabriel, H.J. Robinson, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Need to re-engage your students with the fun and wonder of numbers?  Want a quick fun reward that is still mathematically oriented?  Here are some fun games, activities and math tricks that will engage your students and make them  laugh.  Some require calculators some do not.  Come and get a resource of math tricks you can pull out to wow your students.

 

Session A28

The Art Of On-The-Spot Examples, Questions, or Problems

 

 

all

3:30-6:15

 

Amy Dubois, B.F. Butler, Lowell

poster

 

Samnang Hor, Lowell High School, Lowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Lesson planning is important, indeed. What is even more important is for us to be able to make up probing questions, problems, and examples on the spot. Based on student input, a teacher needs to think quick on one's feet, improvise, and come up with optimal problems at the right level on the spot. Such problems serve to clarify student misconceptions, to challenge students, and to advance student knowledge. It is an art and also a science. We will share some examples with you to get the conversation going. Please bring your own stories so we can improve our craft.

 

Session A29

What We Know About Andrew

 

 

all

3:30-6:15

 

Leona Giovannini, Lincoln, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

I am sure that I am not alone in just loving taking classes with Andrew Chen.  Since he has such clear characteristics, I think that an "Andrew Poster" will be a delightful addition to the more serious mathematical and scientific presentations that we will see at the EduTron Conference.  A Lincoln School team of teachers presented at last year's conference and truly enjoyed not only presenting but in browsing the work of others.  If you have any thoughts that you feel MUST be included in the poster, please e-mail Leona at lgiovannini@lowell.k12.ma.us or at lgiovannini@rcn.com.

 

Session A30

Learning mathematics and Science through models of mind & brain

 

 

K-16

3:30-6:15

 

Daniel Franklin, Community College, Other

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

The Center for Excellence in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST), an NSF Science of Learning Center, is developing a unique educational curriculum based upon models of mind brain, and behavior that integrates science and mathematics. Teachers, administrators, and governments are naturally concerned with how students learn. Students are greatly concerned about how minds work, including how to learn, and thus are motivated to learn. CELEST curricula not only meet current U.S. standards in mathematics, science, and psychology but may influence plans to improve those standards. Software and support materials for primary and secondary levels are in development; materials for undergraduates are available at http://cns.bu.edu/celest/ug_curriculum/.

 

Session A31

Electrical Effects  (Electricity can break down compounds apart)

 

 

8

3:30-6:15

 

Osvaldo Santos, Wang Middle, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

The exercise will prove that applying electricity to salted water will create a chemical reaction that will separate the sodium and the chlorine, proving that using electricity we can break compounds apart.

 

 

Session A32

Solar System

 

 

1-8

3:30-6:15

 

John McHale, Sullivan, Lowell

poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

 

A possible way to teach "Earth & Space Grades 6-8 Learning Standard # 10"  From Mass. frameworks and noted as mandatory in Lowell's Curriculum guide.